One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Emotional pain or anguish; an instance or expression of this. Also literal: †pain in the region of the heart, especially heartburn (obsolete).
That causes or is characterized or accompanied by heartache. Later also more generally: deeply moving; expressing or expressive of intense feeling.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Dekker (c1572–1632), playwright and pamphleteer. From heart + aching<br>early 17th century; earliest use found in Boccaccio's Decameron. From heart + aching, probably after either heartache or heart-aching.
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